3 Food Documentaries That Will Change Your Diet

Since Layla was born over 3 years ago the husband and I have been on a mission to improve our eating habits along with drinking more water. The Western diet is unhealthy with too much emphasis on meat and dairy and not enough on fruit ands vegetables.

So, in our quest to eat healthy we are constantly reading, watching and learning more about food, diet and how it affects the body.

Recently we watched 3 food documentaries that I want to share in case anyone else is interested in learning more about the power of a good diet.

must watch food documentaries

Forks Over Knives

The Forks Over Knives documentary is based on the work of two researches, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, who separately learned through groundbreaking studies that a whole-foods, plant-based diet could prevent and/or reverse degenerative diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Let’s just say that after watching this documentary, I replaced the meat in my diet with vegetables and haven’t looked back.

There is also a Forks Over Knives book and a Forks Over Knives Cookbook with over 300 plant-based recipes covering all meals including dessert. I bought the cookbook mostly for the vegan section on desserts but instead I have been using it for dinner recipes. No complaints from the other members of the household so far.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a documentary by a guy named Joe Cross who weighed over 300 pounds, suffered from an autoimmune disease and was loaded up on conventional medicine. One day he decided to make a change and switch his diet from junk food to only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days. Not only does Cross achieve amazing results, he also helps other people along the way.

While I’ve never tried a juicing diet other than drinking the occasional green lemonade, I did think that the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary was very eye-opening. It shows the power of food and the body and how the two are so closely tied together.

Food Inc.

The last food documentary I deem worth watching is Food Inc. which lifts the veil on the U.S. food industry showing how it’s controlled by a handful of corporations that care more about profits than health. Plants and animals are genetically modified to grow bigger and faster while people are getting sicker and sicker. There are also interviews from different people like Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, who support local, organic farming.

Before watching this documentary we bought mostly organic food and shopped at our local co-op and farmer’s market but after watching the film, I’m even more determined to support the little guy. I hope one day locally grown organic fruits and vegetables are subsidized instead of cash crops like soy, corn, wheat and dairy.

I hope that you will all watch these food documentaries with an open mind and learn more about the food that goes into your body. Remember…garbage in, garbage out.

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26 Responses to 3 Food Documentaries That Will Change Your Diet

  1. Susi
    Twitter: bocafrau

    Jessica, we’ve watched some of these as well recently, the one about Joe Cross is super interesting. It’s pretty amazing what goes on in the food industry and so sad that trying to eat healthy local foods is actually quite an expensive endeavor. We try very hard but wish I could get more homegrown food. It was so much easier where we lived in Germany to go local and organic.
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  2. Susan says:

    I’ve seen Food, Inc. but not the other two. Will have to check them out! I always say that I want my money to go to the fuel I’m putting in my body. It’s worth it. Except Oreos. I know they’re made of science and magic but I just can’t quit them. LOL.
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  3. Alison says:

    I’ve heard of Forks Over Knives, and how powerful its impact has been on people who’ve watched it.

    It’s hard for us here to get good, local organic produce – what’s available is about 3 times the price of the usual stuff. We are cutting out a lot of junk food and processed food though, and yes, I’m drinking more water!
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  4. Barbara
    Twitter: babspinfrance

    This makes me a grateful that I live in a country where genetically modified foods are forbidden by the government. I’ll have to check some of these out.
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  5. Kimberly
    Twitter: KimberlyAMuro

    Those all sound interesting and very eye opening. I know that I can feel a total difference in my body based on what I eat. I do try to buy mostly organic and local fruits and vegetables also. And water is now the only thing I drink (besides an occasional cocktail of course).
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  6. Kate P.
    Twitter: katepantier

    We’ve been changing things up too, I’ve been doing a ton of research on Paleo. We started eating that about 2 weeks ago, it really has been awesome.

    I shared this with my cousin who has been making some of the same lifestyle changes as I have. ;)

    Thanks Jessica!
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  7. Kate P.
    Twitter: katepantier

    PS The food industry is terrifying! My grandmother was an organic farmer so I grew up eating out of her garden & it never really occurred to me that it was not typical. I so appreciate her for it now!!!
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  8. Denise
    Twitter: acctodenise

    These are my top 3 as well. So much good information in them.
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  9. Runnermomjen says:

    I will definitely have to check these out. It’s very scary to think about all the processed food we put in our bodies. Thank you for sharing!
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  10. Elaine A.
    Twitter: elainea

    It would be hard for me to be a vegetarian but most of the meat I buy is organic and/or grass fed and sometimes even local. And I agree about getting your produce as locally as you can AND supporting the small farmers. I still have yet to watch Food Inc. I’m scared. ;0
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    • I was a vegetarian when I was a teenager but at that time all I ate was carbs. This time I’m doing it right and replacing meat with vegetables. It is hard at times. Especially when my husband makes carnitas.

  11. I’m trying to find local organic farms to support, but through my research I would have to end up driving over an hour one way, which is something I cannot do right now. But if a store has local foods, I try to buy those, even if I might pay a little more. I’ve also switched to more fruits/veggies and I add them to every meal we eat.
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  12. Kristen says:

    We’re trying to eat better too. It’s so frustrating to see that all of the junk and processed food is so much cheaper than the healthy food.
    I also think too many people reach for the things that are made in a factory over things that are grown in the soil because the labels trick them into thinking they are healthy when they are not.

  13. Tonya says:

    Food, Inc. for sure!!! I have been way more mindful of my eating since I saw that. The other two, I have not heard of, but will rent. Thanks for the recs.
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